2020 MLB Season: Checking in on Division Odds

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Gerrit Cole and Manager, Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees pose for a photo at Yankee Stadium during a press conference at Yankee Stadium on December 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Gerrit Cole and Manager, Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees pose for a photo at Yankee Stadium during a press conference at Yankee Stadium on December 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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2020 MLB Season: Checking in on Division Odds

NL East

This division is going to be an all-out war each day.  The Braves are the favorite with +175 odds than the other three contenders, including the defending champion Nationals (along with Philly and the Mets), are at +275.  This division is going to come down to who stays healthy and who has the depth to battle for 162 games.

The Braves won the division handily last year and they should be favorites with Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman, and a strong farm system making their way up.

I would stay far away from the Phillies in this one.  In Bryce Harper’s historic MVP 2015 season, the Nats only won 83 games and missed the playoffs.  Yes, they signed Zack Wheeler and have an ace in Aaron Nola, but you have to wonder if they have enough firepower to actually win the division.

The Nationals will presumably be a popular bet after winning the World Series and retaining Stephen Strasburg.  Carter Kieboom will make up for some of the loss of Rendon.  Their Achilles heal remains to be a bullpen that ranked at the bottom third of the league and gave everyone a queasy feeling when they were brought into the game.

The Marlins,+15000, also play in this division.